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(((Elizabeth Warren For President)))

Senator Warren came out as a fireball attacking Donald Trump in her joint appearance on CNN’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign speech Monday. CNN stated, and I paraphrase, that Warren is one of Congress’s most outspoken critics of Wall Street…wonder how Clinton will handle that? I have read that Hillary has received large donations from friends on Wall Street. It appears the two politicians need to sync their public presentations.

Again, rumored by the media that Senator Warren is being considered as a possible running mate for democratic presidential candidate Clinton. IMHO, perhaps Warren should arrange a private, face-to-face, meeting with Vice President Joe Biden; he’s been there, done that. Rest assured, however, Mrs. Clinton will put the Senator through the third degree.


Hillary Clinton is my only choice to fight off Donald Trump. I am not swayed by the feminist opinion that electing Hillary would be a historical moment for women. What I want to hear is that the candidate will balance the needs and desires of corporate America — I’m very clear that the 1% will have their say — and the needs and desires of the common individual; as it’s so famously stated, the American people.

We must block all avenues leading to the White House by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. His proclamations grow more ridiculous every day. Even some members of his own party will not back him. Some have voiced their fears and others will not broach the subject when cornered by the media. White males of any group are the only voters he embraces. That absolutely leaves me out.

Nevertheless, what price victory if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

Minnie E. Miller







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The Poor Man’s Harvard

The poor man’s Harvard is failing poor students.

On Friday Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address at the flagship school of the City University of New York System.

“We have gone backwards,” said Frederick R. Brodzinski, a senior administrator and adjunct Professor in Computer Science who plans to retire in September after 30 years at the University.”

“… governments have been pulling back their support.”

“Dreams Stall as CUNY, New York’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters” By David W. Chen, The New York Times, May 28, 2016

Mr. Chen’s article is long and thoroughly laid out. It should embarrass the city of New york’s politicians as well as the federal government. It is stated in the article that students come from all the world to study here. You have to wonder what these students are saying when they return to their countries about a nation rich in opportunities, yet pulling back their support of education.

Perhaps this is the reason Mrs. Obama chose this school to deliver her address. Sometimes action speaks louder than words. And we wonder why young people are passionately following Bernie Sanders. They are not looking to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party to support their struggle to obtain an education.

Minnie E. Miller

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Critical Moments

Critical moments happen in life. Some decry our attention. Some resolve themselves. For me, this issue has shaken my analysis. It is freedom of speech–constitutional rights.

My attention was drawn to an article in Flipboard taken from “The Guardian” and written by Julia Carrie Wong (5/6/2016). She wrote: Progressive groups decry Facebook sponsorship of Republican convention.

…. a coalition of organizations urging technology companies and other corporations not to sponsor the party of Trump.

Donald J. Trump has placed us on a precarious crossroad in the social media (one of many public airings) regarding freedom of speech. How do we tolerate his hateful speeches: his bias, his prejudice, his bigotry, his sexism. It seems the only human beings he tolerates are white, American men. The hell with the rest of the world.

Social media is a fairly new way of communicating. It is one in which I think we may have to step back and take a serious look at limiting the kind of talk we have been experiencing. Yes, this treads on the edges of censorship; a scary thought for me as a writer.  Nevertheless, there must be a way to handle this. In my opinion, we are going to hear more about limiting speech on social media.

Do we give Mr. Trump a pass?

Minnie E. Miller



Life: My Daddy Was A Person, Too

Would knowing more about his early life make a difference in how I feel about him today? Trying but it doesn’t ease the pain.

Somewhere along the years he must have cared about his first three little girls and the beautiful lady who loved him.

A beautiful lady who loved him until she died.

Spirit, emotion, courage, difficulty — life.

Minnie E. Miller




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Presidential Election 2016

This presidential election is different. In my more than 78 years I can’t remember a more toxic atmosphere like this presidential election.  Make no mistake, Donald Trump is causing possible lasting damage to the Grand Old Party (G.O.P.).

“The front-runner for the Republican Party is as much a reflection of the condition as a cause, a reality that Ryan (R-Wis.) touched on only lightly in calling for a more positive and uplifting approach to politics by all sides.”

By Dan Balz, March 26 at 1:54 AM, The Washington Post.

Really,  Speaker Paul Ryan!

Nevertheless, the G.O.P. is not my concern. My loyalty has always been with the Democratic Party; however, they too need to take a look in the mirror. But there is hope.

The Democratic, enthusiastic, young supporters are the ones nearly making up for the foul language and evil spirits coming from the other Party. There are signs coming from these young people that show they are concerned about the future of The United States of America. What’s more I believe they are going to vote their concerns in the upcoming general election. That includes rejecting “politics as usual” offered by both parties.

Minnie E. Miller

Writer & Essayist



It Rankles

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement must be nominated by the President of the United States. It then falls to the United States Senate to confirm that nominee before he or she can take the seat on our nation’s highest court.

President Obama: “The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U. S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.”

“The Senate has almost a full year — more than 300 days — to consider and confirm a nominee.”

Bringing Ms. Anita Hill into the Picture

Anita Hill came forward during the nomination hearing giving a stunning testimony on the sexual harassment she experienced while in Clarence Thomas’s employ in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). During the hearing the so called power structure grilled her to no end.

Ms. Hill published her autobiography,  Speaking Truth to Power, including her role in the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’s nconfirmation controversy in 1991. Ms. Hill went on to receive many awards and honors throughout her most prestigious life.

I remember the battle over Judge Clarence Thomas’s hearing well. I was unemployed at the time and watched every day and took handwritten notes. That’s when I decided to become a serious writer. I knew as an autodidact with half an education it would be a long and sober undertaking on my part.

I have been keeping up with President Obama’s new nominee, Merrick Garland, and some members of the Senate as they attempt to stop the hearing, because I am an American.

Minnie E. Miller, Writer


Essential Education

President Barack Obama is correct in stating that we become advocates for educating our children in computer science. CSE is essential if they are to participate–no, survive–in the future economy of our country. Congress must be made to understand the importance of funding every level of education in the use of computers. Also, it would be to technology’s advantage to get behind the push to arm these young people with the wherewithal to step into the future. Technology is the future and growing more complex every year.

Please, drop a line to your senators and representatives in Congress and start a movement on behalf of the future generation. Take advantage of this election period: candidates are asking for your money and your vote; ask them for their support of our children’s education.

If anyone had told me that I would be fairly computer literate at the age of 79 I would have laughed in their face. Computer knowledge is important to keep up with my Medicare account. Answers to questions that arise each year about my benefits are posted online. I also have an internet portal with my medical group that offers tips and medical breakthrough notices. Checking my health data weekly keeps me on my toes.

Minnie E. Miller, Writer


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